It is not easy to judge potential. In the NFL draft, for example, sometimes a prospect many teams pass on turns out to be a great player. One notable example is star quarterback Tom Brady—the 199th pick in 2000! Perceiving hidden potential is one of the great themes in Scripture too. The Hebrews appeared to be a small and insignificant tribe, but God selected them to be the Chosen people. David was a mere shepherd boy when Samuel anointed him king of Israel. Mary, a lowly maiden from Galilee, became the mother of the Messiah. And Jesus, the carpenter’s son from Nazareth, became the savior of the world. Is there anything in my life that has potential that I am overlooking? Perhaps it is a family member, a co-worker, a student, a plan, a difficult situation—or even me. What might I do to help nourish and release that potential?
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